The Ice Cream Man Cometh


If there is one guilty pleasure I will readily share in this public forum, it is that I love ice cream. Not all flavors or all types, however. Not the avant-garde green tea sorbet or bacon chip coffee mocha latte. No, I like the flavors of my youth when choices were few and the rarity […] Read more »

OC Creates a Results-Driven Program


Objective: To purchase a new piece of equipment. Goal: To secure a capital equipment grant. Problem: Grant required a plan, a purpose for the equipment. Result: Grant not achieved. Lesson: Every failure is a learning opportunity, a chance to re-think and start again. And it was that loss that inspired Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical […] Read more »

Parade to Feature ‘Caparisoned Horse’


They say the custom dates back to the time of Genghis Khan – the riderless horse led to the burial place of its fallen warrior to soon after be sacrificed and eaten in his honor – when it was believed that a horse was useless without its warrior companion. Things have changed over time in […] Read more »

Don’t Touch!


“When I returned to the spot the next day, the spot where I had seen the baby owl out in the open and it was still there, I knew the Mom wasn’t taking care of it.” With wisdom honed from 27years of training and experience, Mattapoisett’s Animal Control Officer Kathy Massey knew what had to […] Read more »

ORR Student Report: Eel Pond ‘Very Sick’


Lynn Connor’s ORRHS 11th grade Environmental Science class performed field research on Eel Pond between September and November with funds provided by the Mattapoisett Land Trust. The MLT grant covered transportation costs from the school to the sensitive ecosystem where the student collected data and performed tests. On May 14, the students gave their report […] Read more »



Director of New England Raptor & Reptile Exhibits Marla Isaac introduced her feathered friends during the Mattapoisett Lands Trust’s annual meeting on Saturday, May 14. The audience got to meet a number of rescued owls, including Nanook the snowy owl, Rachel the barn owl, Athena the great-horned owl, and Babe the barred owl. Photos by […] Read more »

The Making of a Therapy Dog


It wasn’t that long ago when Breton of Mattapoisett was just another well-mannered young man, or should I say dog. But during a visit to the vet last year, the 7-year old Shih Tzu and his owner/handler Lenore Everett would find their lives forever changed. Everett retold the events leading up to Breton’s new life-changing […] Read more »

Community Gardening in Mattapoisett


Gardener and Mattapoisett resident Bob Nichols says he’s willing to bet that 99% of the people who live in town don’t even know about the existence of a community garden at the corner of Prospect Road and Pine Island Road. Nonetheless, it has been there for ten years and there is still plenty of room […] Read more »

Kids Equipment Fun Day


Saturday, May 7, was the date for the annual Kids Equipment Fun Day at Washburn Park in Marion, sponsored by Marion Recreation. The kids climbed aboard ambulances, fire trucks, police cruisers, and even the harbormaster’s boat. This year, Recreation Director and Selectman Jody Dickerson served up free hotdogs during the popular event that seemed to […] Read more »

SLT Plans ADA Accessible Trail


For a year now, the Sippican Lands Trust has been working with Peter Jensen of Creating Trail Experiences and Scott Hobson, biologist with Caputo and Wicks LTD, studying the 19.8-acre Osprey Marsh property in preparation for a boardwalk that will provide wheelchair accessibility to the walking trail. The property, gifted to the organization by the […] Read more »